McDowell Will Not Vote On AT&T Deal

Law360, New York (December 18, 2006, 12:00 AM EST) -- Federal Communications Commissioner Robert McDowell has chosen not to vote on the merger of telecommunications companies AT&T Inc. and BellSouth Corp., bringing an end to the controversy sparked by his potential participation.

FCC General Counsel Samuel Feder approved McDowell’s participation two weeks ago, despite the fact that McDowell had recused himself from the vote due to a past career as a lobbyist and attorney for smaller telecom companies.

Feder was instructed by FCC Chairman Kevin Martin to allow McDowell to vote in order to break the...
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